2017 Azerbaijan Grand Prix
The 2017 Azerbaijan Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race that was held on 25 June 2017 at the Baku City Circuit in Baku, Azerbaijan. The race was the eighth round of the 2017 FIA Formula One World Championship, and was the maiden running of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix as a round of the Formula One World Championship. It was the second time that a race was held at the circuit and the second time that a Grand Prix was held in Azerbaijan.[N 1]
|2017 Azerbaijan Grand Prix|
|Race 8 of 20 in the 2017 Formula One World Championship|
Layout of the Baku City Circuit
|Date||25 June 2017|
|Official name||2017 Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix|
Baku City Circuit|
|Course||Temporary street circuit|
|Course length||6.003 km (3.730 mi)|
|Distance||51 laps, 306.049 km (190.170 mi)|
|Time||1:43.441 on lap 47 (lap record)|
|First||Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer|
Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel entered the round with a twelve-point lead over Mercedes's Lewis Hamilton in the World Drivers' Championship, while Mercedes led Ferrari by eight points in the World Constructors' Championship. Lewis Hamilton started the race from pole. Red Bull Racing's Daniel Ricciardo recovered from a crash in qualifying to claim his fifth career victory ahead of the Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas, while Lance Stroll became the first Canadian to stand on the podium since Jacques Villeneuve at the 2001 German Grand Prix, and the second youngest driver ever to finish on the podium.
Red Bull's Max Verstappen went fastest in first practice, setting a time of 1.44:410. He was followed by his teammate Daniel Ricciardo in second with the Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel in third. In second practice the Red Bull of Max Verstappen was fastest (despite crashing heavily into the barriers at Turn 1 in the closing stages of FP2) followed by Bottas and Ricciardo. Saturday's third and final practice was topped by Bottas, with Kimi Räikkönen second and Hamilton third. Bottas set the quickest time of all three practices with a 1.42.742.
Jolyon Palmer failed to set a lap time in Q1 due to a fire during Practice 3.
In Q3, Lewis Hamilton secured pole position with a 1:40.593, 0.434 seconds quicker than teammate Bottas in second, and 1.100 seconds quicker than Räikkönen in third. Lance Stroll out-qualified teammate Felipe Massa for the first time in the season. Daniel Ricciardo hit the wall and started in tenth.
The race was full of incidents and talking points. Hamilton started in front, followed by Bottas, Räikkönen and Vettel. Daniil Kvyat ran wide at turn 1. As he was returning to the track, his teammate Carlos Sainz Jr. spun off, to avoid a collision. In corner 3 of the first lap, both Finnish drivers (Bottas and Räikkönen) collided, causing a puncture in Bottas's front right tyre. Vettel took advantage to seize second place, followed by Sergio Pérez and Max Verstappen. Bottas was forced to stop in the pits, falling one lap behind the leaders.
Ricciardo pitted in lap 6 to clean off debris from his brakes. He rejoined in 17th place. His teammate Verstappen had to retire due to an issue with his engine on lap 12. Hamilton led Vettel until the first safety car was deployed on the same lap to remove the stranded Toro Rosso of Daniil Kvyat. This safety car period allowed Bottas to unlap himself. On lap 17, racing resumed but another safety car was deployed almost immediately to clear more debris off the track, which came from Räikkönen's Ferrari.
During both safety car periods, Hamilton repeatedly complained that the safety car was moving too slowly. On lap 19 whilst still under Safety Car conditions Vettel ran into the back of Hamilton, damaging his front wing and Hamilton's rear diffuser. He then proceeded to drive alongside Hamilton to protest what he believed was Hamilton brake-testing him, and swerved into the side of Hamilton's car. However TV replays and car data proved that Hamilton did not apply his brakes at any point during the first collision. The race stewards put the incident under investigation. Racing resumed on lap 20 with Felipe Massa moving up to third and pressurizing Vettel, however within a few corners the Force India's of Esteban Ocon and Sergio Pérez collided and left debris on the track. The collision gave Ocon a puncture and dropped him to the back of the field. Pérez lost his front wing, and suffered damage to the front left wishbone which forced him to retire after making his way to the pit lane. Räikkönen, who was following the two Force Indias closely, got a puncture as a result of debris from the crash, and after the broken tire caused damage to the floor of his car as well as his rear wing, he too was pushed to his garage to retire. A third safety car was then deployed almost immediately, and after Fernando Alonso complained over Team Radio about the amount of debris the race was red-flagged on lap 22 so that marshals could clear the track.
During the red-flag period which lasted over 20 minutes, teams worked on their cars. Force India replaced Ocon's tyres and Ferrari replaced Vettel's front wing. Mercedes worked on Hamilton's rear diffuser, which only had minor cosmetic damage. Other drivers got out of their cars and talked to their engineers and team principals. The previously retired cars of Räikkönen and Pérez were also being worked on by their teams in their garages. Works were completed in time and both drivers were allowed to rejoin the race, albeit a lap down.
After the track was cleared of debris, the race was restarted behind the safety car. Hamilton led at the restart from Vettel, Massa, Stroll, and Ricciardo. Ricciardo passed both Williams cars at turn 1 and settled into third place. Massa however was struggling with an issue on his Williams, the front suspension shaking violently at high speed. Kevin Magnussen in the uncompetitive Haas managed to take advantage of Massa's issue and a lax Nico Hülkenberg to overtake both for 5th place whilst Massa was easily passed by the entire field. Hülkenberg then collided with the wall on lap 25 and was forced to retire from 6th place with suspension damage. On the next lap, Massa retired due to the problem with his car, which turned out to be a broken suspension damper.
By lap 29 Hamilton, Vettel, Ricciardo and Lance Stroll, who had avoided any incidents thus far had managed to pull away from the rest of the field and built a healthy gap of 10+ seconds back to Magnussen in 5th. But on this lap the headrest on Hamilton's car suddenly became loose. He initially tried to fix it himself by pushing it back into its position, but on lap 31 he was forced by race control to pit for safety reasons. Almost simultaneously as Hamilton pitted, Vettel was given a 10-second Stop/Go Penalty for Dangerous Driving, relating to the earlier incident with Hamilton. The stewards had found Hamilton to be completely blameless and instead punished Vettel for his reaction to the initial collision, when he deliberately turned in and hit Hamilton. Two laps later, on lap 33, Vettel served his penalty, rejoining the track in 7th place just ahead of Hamilton, who became stuck in traffic following his unscheduled stop. This meant the lead was gifted to Ricciardo ahead of Stroll, with Kevin Magnussen an incredible third. The group of faster drivers consisting of Ocon, Bottas, Vettel and Hamilton started chasing the leaders, overtaking Alonso and Magnussen relatively comfortably. Bottas would then clear Ocon to move into third and a podium position, despite being a lap down at one stage. Räikkönen and Pérez were both given drive-through penalties since during the red-flag period their cars were being worked in their garages instead of the pit lane. Both drivers eventually retired from the race.
With Ricciardo comfortably in the lead in his competitive Red Bull, the pressure was all on rookie Stroll to try and hang on to second place in what was only his eighth Grand Prix. Despite having a 12-second advantage Bottas, Vettel and Hamilton were all easily catching up to Stroll in his slower Williams. Hamilton asked for Team Orders to be applied and for Bottas to help him overtake Vettel by slowing his pace, but the team refused since Bottas still had a very good chance of catching Stroll in the closing laps. The Saubers of Marcus Ericsson and Pascal Wehrlein briefly collided as they were fighting for 10th place, but both drivers managed to continue without major damage. At the chequered flag, Ricciardo cruised to victory, taking Red Bull's first win in the 2017 season. Incredibly Bottas then managed to pass Stroll on the start–finish straight just metres from the line, getting second place by a mere 0.105 seconds. However Stroll still managed to pick up his maiden podium finish in third, becoming the second youngest driver to finish in the top three. Vettel finished in fourth, Hamilton in fifth, Ocon in sixth, Magnussen in seventh, Sainz in eighth, Alonso in ninth (scoring McLaren's first points of the season), and Wehrlein in tenth. In all, nine different constructors scored points in this race.
As a result of the race, Vettel increased his lead over Hamilton in the World Drivers' Championship to 14 points, while Mercedes increased their lead over Ferrari in the World Constructors' Championship to 24 points.
|5||33||Max Verstappen||Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer||1:42.544||1:41.961||1:41.879||5|
|6||11||Sergio Pérez||Force India-Mercedes||1:43.162||1:42.467||1:42.111||6|
|7||31||Esteban Ocon||Force India-Mercedes||1:43.051||1:42.751||1:42.186||7|
|10||3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer||1:42.857||1:42.215||1:43.414||10|
|11||26||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso||1:42.927||1:43.186||11|
|12||55||Carlos Sainz Jr.||Toro Rosso||1:43.489||1:43.347||151|
|107% time: 1:49.121|
|—||30||Jolyon Palmer||Renault||no time||204|
- ^1 – Carlos Sainz Jr. received a three-place grid penalty for causing a collision with Felipe Massa at the previous race.
- ^2 – Fernando Alonso received a forty-place grid penalty for exceeding his quota of power unit components.
- ^3 – Stoffel Vandoorne received a thirty-place grid penalty for exceeding his quota of power unit components and a five-place grid penalty for an unscheduled gearbox change.
- ^4 – Jolyon Palmer failed to set a lap time in Q1, and was allowed to race at the discretion of the stewards.
- ^1 – Kimi Räikkönen retired from the race, but was classified as he had completed 90% of the winner's race distance.
Championship standings after the raceEdit
- Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.
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